ATP Tennis Handicap Betting Preview – Wednesday 26th October by @DavAulak

Fabio Fognini v Albert Ramos-Vinolas – ATP Vienna

For the third tournament in a row Fabio Fognini and Albert Ramos-Vinolas will meet on the Tour and it is the Italian who has improved his head to head to 9-0. I backed Fognini to cover last week and this time he is being asked to cover another game but I can’t ignore the match up and how much the Italian has seemingly enjoyed it against Ramos-Vinolas.

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Last week showed Fognini is the stronger player when it comes to the rallies and he has a good read of what Ramos-Vinolas wants to do on the court with the serve. Negating that lefty serve and forcing Ramos-Vinolas to beat Fognini in the rallies has proven to be a huge edge for the Italian whose only serve is then backed up effectively by being the stronger player off the ground.

Fognini did reach the Final in Moscow where he came up short and he can’t always be trusted to put in back to back big weeks on the Tour. That is especially the case on the hard courts where he is not at his best, but he has had a few days to recover from Moscow and Fognini’s match up here can’t be ignored in the First Round.

I’d be surprised if Ramos-Vinolas doesn’t make this more competitive than the four games he won when they played last week. However I still think Fognini comes through with a 64, 64 win and move through to the Second Round while making it ten out of ten against Ramos-Vinolas.

Tennis Handicap Betting Pick: Fabio Fognini -3.5 Games @ 1.81 with 888 Sport

 

Kei Nishikori v Paolo Lorenzi – ATP Basel

The place at the ATP World Tour Finals has already been booked by Kei Nishikori and he is simply looking for some form to take into the tournament in a couple of weeks time. Having a strong showing in Basel would be a good start to that end and Nishikori was an impressive winner in the First Round.

The match up with Paolo Lorenzi should be a good one for Nishikori to continue to build his rhythm to take to London as that is what the Italian will give him. The first serve is actually working very effectively for Lorenzi, but he is facing a very solid returner in Nishikori and I don’t really like his chances of winning a lot of the extended rallies against the Japanese star.

The issue for Lorenzi is going to be getting enough first serves in play to earn some short balls where he can begin to dictate the rallies from the beginning. The second serves will be much harder to protect against Nishikori and I do think we will see Nishikori get into a position where he will break serves around four times.

A key to this entire spread is Nishikori serving well enough to keep Lorenzi at bay and I think that has been an issue for him through his career. There are too many times sloppy service games means Nishikori is having to expend more energy than he would like to, but I think he should have enough to protect serve for long enough to record a 64, 62 win in this match.

Tennis Handicap Betting Pick: Kei Nishikori -5.5 Games @ 1.93 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

 

Robin Haase v Juan Martin Del Potro – ATP Basel

It is so much fun to see Juan Martin Del Potro not only enjoying his tennis again, but getting back into a position to challenge the very best players on the Tour. A first title since 2014 was won on Sunday in Stockholm and Del Potro has every chance to end 2016 by adding to his Silver Medal from the Olympic Games with a Davis Cup win.

Del Potro is back as the Argentinian Number 1 and is likely going to be used for two Singles rubbers in the Davis Cup Final while he is back up to Number 42 in the World Rankings. He might not have enough to be Seeded by the time the Australian Open comes around, but Del Potro has nothing in terms of points to protect for a while and that would be a great achievement for him if he can do that.

It is going to be interesting to see how much he has in the tank both physically and emotionally having won the title in Stockholm. The organisers in Basel have been good enough to give Del Potro a few days to prepare himself for this First Round match against Robin Haase who had to come through the Qualifiers.

Haase has been putting together plenty of wins on the Challenger circuit on the clay courts to help him move up the World Rankings, but he is still very inconsistent. He should have a serve that offers him more, although the problem remains backing it up with the right plays at the right times and the Dutchman can sometimes collapse in matches.

I do think Haase might be facing Del Potro at the right time though and he can stay with the Argentinian. As long as Haase serves well, he can potentially steal a set if Del Potro is not completely focused in his opening match here and that might be enough for him to make these games count.

Tennis Handicap Betting Pick: Robin Haase +4.5 Games @ 2.19 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.

 

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ATP Antwerp/WTA Moscow Tennis Handicap Betting Preview – Friday 21st October by @DavAulak

Richard Gasquet v Jan-Lennard Struff

The indoor hard courts have seen the best performances from Jan-Lennard Struff through his career and he has reached the Quarter Final in Antwerp. However he has had some trouble along the way and the match with Richard Gasquet is another step up from his previous opponents.

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The win over Gilles Simon was impressive, but I am not sure how much Simon had left in the tank after a long and gruelling week in Shanghai which had ended just a few days ago. Travelling all the way back to Europe and playing in this tournament doesn’t sound the most appealing of schedules but Simon still had enough chances to win that match with Struff.

Gasquet should be the best server that Struff has faced this week and that has to be a concern when you think he has given up 28 break points in just two matches. Struff should be full of confidence having won a Challenger event on this circuit recently but he is scheduled to be at the Vienna Qualifying this weekend and I wonder if he will have the fight to dig in if he does get behind by a set.

It hasn’t been the most productive few weeks for Gasquet, but he was an easy winner in the Second Round and has plenty of indoor hard court experience too. If he can use that effectively I think the Frenchman can come through with a 6-4, 6-4 win and a place in the Semi Final to come on Saturday.

Tennis Handicap Betting Pick: Richard Gasquet -3.5 Games @ 1.78 with Pinnacle

Pablo Cuevas v Diego Sebastian Schwartzman

There is no doubting that Pablo Cuevas as a Seed in a hard court event is very vulnerable and his best tennis is restricted to the clay courts. He has been very good on the clay this season which has seen him move up to Number 22 in the World Rankings and likely a Seed for the Australian Open, but that means I tend to stay away from him when it comes to being a favourite on the hard courts.

Cuevas hasn’t shown a lot of positive form since the Tour moved onto the last quarter of the season which is predominantly a hard court time of the year. I think it is also telling that he has not won back to back matches on this surface in the last twelve months and so it might come as a surprise that I am going to back him to win this Quarter Final.

That has much to do with the opponent he is facing as he meets fellow South American Diego Sebastian Schwartzman, another player who doesn’t have a lot of hard court form behind him and who is much more comfortable on the slower surfaces. Schwartzman should be credited for winning two matches in Antwerp already, but he too had been struggling with the move back to the hard courts.

The match up should be one that Cuevas enjoys much more as it should be one that develops into the kind of rallies you would see on the slower surfaces. I do think Cuevas has the bigger serve, which could be key, although the doubt remains with his lack of results on the hard courts in the past. However, I think Cuevas won’t have too many better chances to reach a Semi Final of an indoor hard court event and I think he battles through with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win.

Tennis Handicap Betting Pick: Pablo Cuevas -1.5 Games @ 1.82 with 188BET

 

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Diego Sebastian Schwartzman

Julia Goerges v Daria Gavrilova

 A couple of years ago Julia Goerges might have been considered a player that would be making the next step in her career to challenge some of the better players on the Tour. That hasn’t really happened for her on the Singles Tour, but she has performed better on the Doubles Tour which should see her competing at the WTA Finals next week.

For now she can concentrate on finishing her Singles season on a high as she gets set for this tough Semi Final with Daria Gavrilova. Both players have shown good form this week and I imagine Gavrilova will be going to Doubles partner Daria Kasatkina for tips having seen Goerges beat her handily in the Quarter Final.

I think Gavrilova has a little more power off the ground than Kasatkina at this stage of their careers though and that should give Goerges a few more things to think about. However Goerges has been setting up her play very well this week behind her serve and it should be able to keep her in this match and potentially win outright.

I really don’t think there is as much between the players as the layers clearly believe. Both should have their moments and, unless Goerges is thinking about heading to Singapore for the Doubles event at the WTA Finals, I think both realise how much is on the line in terms of vital Ranking points they can earn this week.

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if we need three sets to separate these players, but Goerges is the kind of streaky player that can be hard to stop when she is putting her tennis together like she has this week. Backing her with the games should be enough for the cover if this does go deep into a third set like I am anticipating, while I can’t rule out Goerges winning this one straight up and at odds against I will back her with the start.

Tennis Handicap Betting Pick: Julia Goerges +2.5 Games @ 2.03 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.

 

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ATP Tennis Handicap Betting Preview – Thursday 20th October by @DavAulak

Gael Monfils v Gastao Elias – ATP Stockholm

There are still two really big weeks on the ATP Tour to come so Gael Monfils knows there is still work to do if he is going to make it to London for the World Tour Finals. This is a chance for him to put some additional points in the bank in a week where the majority of his main rivals for a top eight place are not in action and that should be motivation enough for the Frenchman.

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Monfils has played a fair amount of tennis over the last three weeks but he has mainly been producing some very good results on the Tour. He has certainly looked stronger than his opponent Gastao Elias who snapped a run of six straight losses before beating Ivan Dodig in the First Round.

 

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Gael Monfils

Elias’ three previous losses before the win over Dodig have come in one sided fashion and I think his serve is very vulnerable on the hard courts. There won’t be a lot of cheap points won by Elias which means having to out-rally better players consistently and I simply don’t see the Portuguese player being able to do that against Monfils on Thursday.

On the other hand the Monfils serve can be a big weapon for the top ten player and I think that will help build the pressure in this match. His strong movement around the court should give Monfils enough time to wear down Elias over the course of this match and I think he will produce a 64, 62 win in this Second Round match.

Tennis Handicap Betting Pick: Gael Monfils -5.5 Games @ 1.90 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.

 

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